Stonecutter Scotch Ale

7% alc./vol., 500 ml bottle
Renaissance Brewing Company – http://www.renaissancebrewing.co.nz/
Blenheim, New Zealand

DSCF1299The Marlborough region of New Zealand is better known for its sauvignon blanc wine…some even say it’s the best you can get.  Founder and head brewer Andy Deuchars came here from his California home to make wine, but in 2005 he switched to beer.  Just two years later, Renaissance beers were winning awards.  A Scotch ale is a darker and stronger style.  This particular ale is a blend of no less than nine (9!) malts, making for a very complex and very malty beer.  Yes, there is a wee bit of foam on top.  I like having a bit of head on my beer, but this beer was making me wait.  Good things come to those who wait.  You know, I think I have a good aphorism for most situations.  As Nietzsche said, “A good aphorism is too hard for the teeth of time and is not eaten up by all the centuries.”  (Thanks, Google!)

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